Clarity comes back into their eyes. A glow returns to their skin. Their smile is bigger and more genuine than you’ve seen it in years. Treatment and the recovery process works miracles in our loved ones. Here are three amazing ways you will see your loved one change through their treatment experience.
- Consistency Over Crisis: Those who are struggling with mental health conditions like substance use disorders, depression, anxiety, are typically living with a certain degree of unmanageability. Feeling out of control of one’s life tends to feel like living in chaos within one’s life, meaning that there is a chronic sense of crisis, urgency, and not knowing what to do. Treatment is consistent. Every day your loved one can rely on the same people, the same routine, with little variations in between. The safe, structured environment of treatment creates healthy habits through building tools which inspire more consistency than crisis. You’ll notice when they talk about topics which used to come with a well storm of emotion, they remain calm and have solutions for their own problems. Don’t be surprised when they forget how they used to react to life as their new way of living becomes more normalized.
- “I wanted to say I’m sorry”: Treatment includes many different therapy types and healing modalities all of which serve a distinct purpose and have specific benefits for mind, body, and spirit. Across the board, the various therapeutic models in treatment offer your loved one opportunities at insight. The more their brain clears of drugs, alcohol, or harmful thought patterns, the more room they have for realization, clarity, and learning. You are going to hear statements like “I wanted to say I’m sorry” more often as your loved one comes to more awareness about their actions, behaviors, and choices in the past. It’s important not to tell them “It’s okay” but to affirm their growth and progress by telling them you are proud of the realizations and changes they are making in their life.
- New, Healthy Risks: Risk-taking, thrill-seeking and otherwise reckless behavior is a common symptom/side-effect of many mental health disorders, especially substance use disorder. Taking chances and getting vulnerable often happens in the wrong way for loved ones living with mental health disorders. Through treatment, you’ll notice they start taking emotionally healthy risks as opposed to dangerous and threatening ones. Dressing differently, making emotionally vulnerable choices, creating new friendships, stepping out of their comfort zone in healthy ways, deciding to work on a certain area of life- all of these are healthy risks your loved one will be taking as they continue to recover.
Witnessing the process of recovery is amazing. When you utilize the recovery services at Hired Power, you get to be more invested in your loved one’s process of healing rather than the details of treatment and recovery. At Hired Power, our dynamic team of experienced recovery professionals serve to support you every step of the way and help your family bring recovery home. Call us today for information: 714-559-3919